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Airport re-opens after car alert
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A suspicious vehicle that led police to close Liverpool John Lennon Airport has been removed for examination. The airport was closed for more than eight hours leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. It was re-opened in the early hours of Sunday. However, a number of flights on Sunday morning were cancelled and travellers were urged to contact their airline before starting their journeys. The alert came hours after a burning car was driven into Glasgow Airport. Other airports across the coun ...


Uganda rebels in new peace move
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The Ugandan government and Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels have signed a new deal in the latest round of talks to end their 20-year conflict. The talks are on how to manage the subject of war crimes, and are the latest stage in what is intended to be a five-part peace process. Under the deal, both sides agreed to support the use of Ugandan justice to address human rights abuses. The LRA is blamed for killing tens of thousands of people. Mediators have said the talks, held in southern Su ...


African Union summit opens
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The African Union summit is opening in Accra, Ghana, focusing this year on the idea of a pan-African government. Libya's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is championing the idea, but correspondents say many African leaders do not support his initiative. There are fears the issue will push the crises in Zimbabwe, Somalia and Darfur off the agenda. Foreign ministers meeting on the eve of the summit heard critical reports on the way the AU handles money. A report by the international auditing firm Ern ...


England smoking ban takes effect
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Smokers across England have sparked up at work and in the pub for the last time as the ban on smoking in enclosed public places begins. The new law, which came into effect at 0600 BST, is intended to cut deaths from second-hand smoke. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland already have similar bans in place. Many venues held farewell events for the final night of smoking on Saturday, while local authorities are preparing to enforce the ban. Doctors estimate second-hand kills more than 600 peo ...


Smoking stubbed out for breath of fresh air
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - England slams the door on smoking in bars, workplaces and public buildings on Sunday in what campaigners hail as the biggest boost to public health since the creation of the National Health Service in 1948. "Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death," said Deborah Arnott, director of charity Action on Smoking and Health. "Workers have a right to a safe ...


China's terracotta tomb site hides mystery building
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

BEIJING (Reuters) - The tomb of China's first emperor, guarded for more than 2,000 years by 8,000 terracotta warriors and horses, has yielded up another archaeological secret. After five years of research, archaeologists have confirmed that a 30-metre-high building is buried in the vast mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang near the former capital, Xian, in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, Xinhua ...


Hu and protests mark HK anniversary
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao swore in Hong Kong's leader for a new term on Sunday and reminded the territory that the motherland comes first, as the city embarked upon its second decade under Beijing's rule. Some Hong Kongers celebrated the anniversary of the territory's 1997 return to Chinese rule, watching People's Liberation Army parachutists perform stunt j ...


Bush and Putin prepare for talks
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to head to the US for an informal meeting with President George W Bush. The two leaders will hold two days of talks at the Bush family holiday home in Kennebunkport in the state of Maine. The meeting comes amid strained ties between the two sides, particularly over US plans to put parts of a missile defence system in eastern Europe. The final status of Kosovo is another point of friction, with Russia opposing full independence for the province. The BBC's ...


Vote count begins after East Timor elections
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ed Davies and Tito Belo DILI (Reuters) - Vote counting began on Sunday after the people of East Timor voted to choose a parliament that could help the young, poor nation get back on track after the euphoria of independence was shaken by communal bloodshed last year. Saturday's election in the former Portuguese colony and the month-long campaign period preceding the poll passed off mostly peacef ...


Australia may be planning Iraq troop withdrawal
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard is secretly planning to begin withdrawing Australian troops from Iraq by February 2008, Australian media reported on Sunday. The Sunday Telegraph, quoting an unnamed senior military source, described Howard's withdrawal plan as "one of the most closely guarded secrets in top levels of the bureaucracy". The Sunday Telegraph said the drawdown  ...


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